Degree Requirements

M.M.E. with a Major in Music Therapy

Course and Proficiency Requirements

The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. At least one half of the required credit hours must be in courses open only to graduate students. At least 20 of the hours must be in regularly scheduled classes excluding directed study, research, and thesis.

Course Distribution

  • The program must include at least 14 hours of graduate work in the division, including MEMT 812 Research in Music Education and Music Therapy (3 hours), MEMT 864 Philosophy and Theory of Music Therapy (3 hours), MEMT 899 Master’s Thesis (3 hours if thesis option) or MEMT 898 Comprehensive Examination (1 hour if nonthesis option), and additional hours to reach the minimum elected from 700- and 800-level MEMT courses, subject to the advisor’s approval. At least 2 courses must be at the 800 level. At least 9 of these hours must be in regularly scheduled courses.
  • At least 10 hours in supportive studies outside MEMT.
  • Proficiency as a performing musician must be demonstrated before the degree may be awarded.

The work is distributed as indicated in the categories on the appropriate program plan outline found on the MEMT website. All of these selections are subject to the advisor’s approval.

The M.M.E. with a major in music therapy may be earned only by individuals eligible to sit for the national examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).

Final Examination

The final oral examination is administered by the student’s advisor and at least 2 other members of the Graduate Faculty. The examination must pertain to the student’s thesis but is not confined to that topic.

Nonthesis Option

Students may elect to earn the M.M.E. with a major in music therapy using the nonthesis option, which functions as a terminal degree. The nonthesis option requires a total of 30 hours of credit. This option culminates with a 1-credit-hour comprehensive final examination (MEMT 898 Comprehensive Examination).

Plan of Study

The Master of Music Education with a major in music therapy program plan outlines are available on the MEMT website.

Contact Info

Music Education and Music Therapy

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 448
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
MEMT site
James F. Daugherty, Graduate Director
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